30 April 2014 18:54

A 17-year-old boy is being treated for tuberculosis at Kyperounda hospital, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Health Ministry services have already launched an epidemiological investigation and individuals who came into contact with the student are sought for necessary medical checks.
According to pulmonologist Dr Yiannis Demetriades, people will be called to take the Mantoux skin test to determine whether they have been exposed to the disease.
The 17-year-old is a student at Paliometocho lyceum.
Testing the patient's environment for tuberculosis is carried out in two phases. The first is done immediately after diagnosis and the second follows three months later.
According to experts, the main aim of the investigation of the TB patient's environment is on the one hand to locate and treat the source of infection and on the other to locate and confront other potential cases of infection caused by the mycobacterium in the patient's immediate environment.
The 17-year-old is currently receiving treatment and will only be discharged from hospital when the disease can no longer be transmitted to other people.
He will however continue to be observed by the Pulmonology clinic at Nicosia General Hospital for several months to come.


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